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The purpose of traffic laws is to improve road safety by reducing the risk of car crashes. Unfortunately, there are several traffic laws that drivers often ignore. Keep reading to find out whether you are breaking any of these commonly disregarded traffic laws.
1. Not Wearing a Seat Belt
Time after time, crash tests show that seat belts save lives. Sadly, many drivers do not wear their seat belts. Since securely fastening your seat belt every time you are in a vehicle can keep you inside of it and lower your chances of hitting the windshield, you should buckle up before driving a short or long distance.
Texting has never been more popular. While it can be tempting to send and respond to text messages while driving, doing so can take your attention away from the road and increase your risk of causing a crash. If you cannot resist the temptation to text, keep your phone in your trunk or anywhere else you cannot easily reach it.
Tailgating is defined as driving too closely to another driver. If you are late, coping with road rage, or have simply lost patience, you may tailgate. Make an effort to avoid tailgating by staying at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
4. Driving Under the Influence
Most drivers are aware that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. However, many still engage in the risky act of getting behind the wheel with excessive amounts of drugs or alcohol in their system. The next time you try to drive while intoxicated, call a ride-sharing service or trustworthy friend or family member.
Speed limits are designed to improve roadway safety. If you disregard speed limits and only adhere to them when you notice a police car, you will have a difficult time responding to abrupt road conditions and may cause a collision. Try to leave earlier so you can get to your destinations on time without speeding.
6. Failing to Maintain Your Vehicle
Driving in a vehicle that features defective windshield wipers, tail lights, or brakes can raise your risk of an accident. Therefore, you should always maintain your vehicle and fix issues as they arise.
Reach Out to Our Hinsdale Car Accident Lawyers
If you get hurt because a driver broke a traffic law, you should reach out to our highly skilled DuPage County car accident lawyers. Call us at 630-920-8855 for a free, no-obligation consultation.